A recent report from MLFootball on Twitter has Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jalen Carter visiting the Atlanta Falcons.
“Georgia superstar defensive tackle Jalen Carter will visit the Atlanta #Falcons after he visits with Detroit, source says,” according to MLFootball on Twitter. “The first-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC honors has a Top-30 visit with the Detroit #Lions Monday, per league sources.”
Only a few hours before the report, Adam Schefter had a list of Carter’s visits, and the Falcons weren’t listed.
“Georgia DT Jalen Carter is visiting the Detroit Lions on Monday,” according to Adam Schefter on Twitter. “He then will have visited the Seahawks (5), Lions (6), Raiders (7), Bears (9) and Eagles (10).”
The Falcons wouldn’t necessarily have to use one of their official visits on Carter. Athens is only 45 miles away from Flowery Branch. It stands to reason they are familiar with one another.
Carter was considered a lock for a top-five pick in the NFL Draft a few months ago, but he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors in a wreck that caused the deaths of Georgia football player Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy.
His conditioning has been called into question after lackluster appearances at the NFL Combine and his Pro Day.
A visit and interview with Carter will do more to solidify his draft stock than a 40-yard dash. Carter’s film at Georgia speaks for itself. Teams will want to dig into the character concerns before investing a top-10 pick on him on April 27th.
There’s a chance he could be available when the Falcons pick No. 8. They’ve invested into their defensive line with free agents like David Onyemata and the return of Eddie Goldman.
Those veterans along with Grady Jarrett could be excellent mentors for Carter.
Despite recent additions to the defense including edge rusher Bud Dupree and cornerback Jeff Okudah, every position should still be on the board when the Falcons pick at No. 8.
Dupree is on a one-year deal. Okudah is on a one-year deal. Cornerback Casey Hayward has one-year left on his deal, and cornerback Mike Hughes has a one-year deal with a club option.
Edge and cornerback are still big priorities for this team despite the moves made in free agency.
However, general manager Terry Fontenot is a firm believer in the best prospect available philosophy. From a talent standpoint, it’s hard to find a better prospect than Carter.
He’s a high-risk, high-reward type of prospect.
Will the Falcons be willing to take the gamble at No. 8?
Will they get the chance?
We’ll find out on April 27th when the first round of the NFL Draft kicks off.